Xiao-Fei Yang

  • Assistant Research Professor; Scientific Director, Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education (CANDLE)


  • Neuroscience of social emotion, adolescent brain development, culture, autonomic regulation, neuroimagining
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Xiao-Fei Yang, PhD, is an affective and developmental neuroscientist with extensive experience working with youths and in schools. She is passionate about contributing to the scientific knowledge that could improve students and teachers’ experiences and transform schools and education policies for a more equitable society. 

Her research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological processes supporting complex emotions and meaning making about the social world, as well as the development of these processes in sociocultural contexts, especially during adolescence. She specializes in neuroimaging and psychophysiology and utilizes a mixed-method approach relating qualitative analyses of natural behavior to measures of brain functioning and body regulation.

Yang earned a B.S. in Biology from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from USC.